Right now I am beating myself up. Why? Because I’ve had a lazy summer in terms of fitness routines. I am, in fact, pretty mad at the blogger butt I have developed over the summer. Or should I say pissed at self for allowing blogger butt to creep in, or out, if I want to be accurate about it.
So what happened? Work has been plentiful. The summer has been filled with great travel opportunities and I have a few brand new clients that have the adrenaline flowing here already. I started the summer strong. Remember this? I Ran 1.5 K. I had goals. But that didn’t last. We had a brief hot spell that meant running outdoors was lunacy. I should have taken that indoors and run on a track or a treadmill just to keep up the momentum. But I didn’t.
The kids have been around a lot and I have travelled with them often this summer. I did Blogher in California and that meant time away. It also meant a week of workout time vanished.
We have made the most of our summer days together despite the rainy disappointing weather.
But I haven’t made it to the gym since early July. That was not a planned break. Instead it was a life got in the way break.
I had great intentions at the start of the summer to keep the workouts going. But they did not. Then I rationalized – well if I jump in the pool and do laps that counts as much as core work, right? So I did hop in, when at home and I swam as often as I could. I can feel that although my swimming improved and I enjoyed the time outdoors, my body is losing some of the flexibility, balance, strength and muscle definition I had back in February. Ironically, even when I had the greatest number of client accounts ever at Thrifty Mom Media, and was in the middle of a full fledged house move, I was more motivated than ever to get out the door to my scheduled workout.
I haven’t even mentioned the summer eating habits that have easily taken on a certain laziness as well. I know I have treated myself to more glasses of wine and bowls of potato chips than I should have this summer. I know also that barbecue and pool party snacks probably undo all the good I am trying to do when I jump in the pool to swim laps.
And so here I sit typing, with a glass of white zinfandel thinking, what am I going to do about this? What will my fitness routine look like in the fall? Can I get back on track? How soon can I fix this? I am disappointed in myself and mad because I know how hard I have worked the last couple of years to build strength and balance and core. I don’t know how long it will take me to get back into the groove, but I am committed to trying.
Have you ever fallen off the fitness bandwagon? What did you do about it?